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Do HVAC Technicians Make Good Money?

Not only does HVAC have a decent paycheck, it’s one of the fastest-growing jobs in the U.S..

The typical pay for HVAC techs was $47,619 in 2018, according to the most recent report from the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics.

A lot more techs will be required within the next decade—around 46,300 to be exact, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics projections.

Technicians will be needed for new construction and smart climate-control systems. They’ll also be needed to update or replace equipment to meet a heightened need for energy efficiency and pollution reduction.

What Do HVAC Techs Do?

HVAC means heating, ventilation and air conditioning. It’s a good career if you enjoy mechanics, are patient and skilled in critical thinking.

As a tech, you’ll work on units in homes and commercial places.

Some of your responsibilities may include:

  • Installing, cleaning and servicing systems
  • Installing, repairing and replacing parts
  • Taking a look at and testing components and equipment

As an HVAC technician, you need to be able to complete your work in tight areas and intense temperatures, since units are often situated outside.

man working with HVAC equipment

How Long Does it Take to Become an HVAC Technician?

To start, you’ll need a high school diploma or GED.

Schooling to become an HVAC technician can be as short as six months or take as long as two years. Instruction is available at technical/trade schools or community colleges.

Some companies might also ask for NATE certification, which helps further deepen your HVAC understanding and competencies.

You might also be able to learn through an apprenticeship, which can last three to five years.

Once you’re done with education and are hired for your first job, you may work with a more knowledgeable tech for added hands-on learning.

How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?

Prices can change based on which kind of school you go to. You’ll also need to consider prices for books, materials and room and board, if you live on campus.

Here are average HVAC tuition costs gathered by Midwest Technical Institute:

  • Technical/trade school: up to $15,000
  • Community college: around $5,000 each year
  • Apprenticeship: $500—$2,000

Interested in an HVAC Career at Bishop Heating & Air Conditioning?

HVAC techs are needed across the U.S. and in Bishop. Reach us at 760-784-9034 or send us a message to learn more about jobs with Bishop Heating & Air Conditioning.

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